Princess Wisdom, known as Dizzy, longs for a life of adventure far beyond the staid old kingdom of Montagne.
Tips, a soldier, longs to keep his true life secret from his family.
Fortitude, an orphaned maid, longs only for Tips.
These three passionate souls might just attain their dreams while preserving Montagne from certain destruction, if only they can tolerate each othe...more
What distinguishes this tale from others in the genre is the book's format. Wisdom's Kiss is an assemblage of letters, diaries, a play, memoirs, encyclopedic entries, etc. Generally, I am quite fond of such narrative, as long as all formats are essential to the story and do not create redundancy. Here, howev...more
I am very sorry to say this book drove me crazy. I'm 2/3 of the way through and it's been a constant struggle. The story is told in an epistolary form (one of my favorites) but there are too many POVs. EIGHT! And a lot of it is a redundant telling of the story, which makes a very thin, weak plot unnecessarily long. There was quite a bit of humor and wit in the story, but it didn't make up for the weakness of the story or the char...more
Wisdom's Kiss is even more unconventional than her other books, and I would highly recommend it for brave readers. The storytelling is unusual with each character narrating their part in 2-3 page chapters, alternating between the script of a stage play, letters from one character to another, diary entries and heirloom stories passed on to a younger generation.
The characters are...more
And not that the writing is bad. I just couldn't get into it. Most likely it was the variety of formats that threw me off - I never felt as if I got invested in any one character because things constantly shifted as far as view point and meth...more
NOW, for my ranting time on characters.
Trudy came away a bit to naive for me, sure, she's one of the cooler characters but hey, who...more
Wisdom, whom everyone seems to refer to as Dizzy, is on her way from the female-led kingdom of Montagne with her grandmother (the Queen Mother) Ben to wed a ne...more
Okay, this book was written through letters, journal entries, and a play script through many different characters. So you get to know the motivation of a lot of different people, which perhaps would be useful for younger readers.
(view spoiler)[One thing that bugged me is how marriag...more
But…I kept reading anyway. And I began to like the “Nonna Ben.” I still despised Wisdom, but my problem was I expected her to be the main character. The slightly disjointe...more
Unfortunately, it didn't quite all add up to a great story. It seems that the sum of the parts are far less than the whole in this case. It feels as if without the literary gymnastics, which are fun so I'm not complaining, this wouldn't be much of a story. Maybe because of the various focuses, it didn't feel t...more
The cover of this book has the words “A Thrilling and Romantic Adventure Incorporating Magic, Villainy and a Cat”. These words say it all.
Princess Wisdom (Dizzy) becomes engaged to the man who has arrived to court her sister, Queen of Montagne. She travels with her grandmother (Ben - Queen Mother of Montagne) to her betrothed’s home. Crisis after crisis delays their arrival, eventually stranding them in an inn in Bacio with their ladies-...more
Six years later, when both are grown and waiting to be reunited, fate and politics intervene. Suddenly, Tr...more
Publication Date: Sept 12, 2011
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children’s Book Group
ARC Copy from Netgalley.com
Wisdom’s Kiss is basically a fairy tale containing a mixture of adventure, fantasy, romance, and mystery. The format of the story is very diverse, utilizing diary entries, encyclopedia articles, dialogue from a play, and letters. This varied means of telling the story is interesting, but at times can feel as though the storyline jumps aroun...more
First off - it sounds GREAT. It's got a wonderful little hook. The princess, the maid, the soldier - it sounds like it'd be a perfect litt...more
There were so many points of view, and there was no good character development or world building before leaping to the next POV. The only character I mildly liked reading about was Trudy. She was interesting with her gift of seeing the future. That does not, however, mean that I liked Trudy; she was quite annoying. Someone would come in to town...more
Fortitude, known as Trudy has the gift of sight, it is not very specific but it has come quite in handy, even if she is only a barmaid. Though it isn’t always easy, she didn’t see the woman carrying disease in time to save her mother and she told her best friend, Tip, that he would have to leave her and become a soldier. Princess Wisdom is on the way to her betrothed but is it what...more
The Queen Mother and her Cat. Ben as a grandmother was funny and sassy and very princess-in-a-cute-story. I liked that.
Some of the different gimmicks. I don't normally enjoy pages of letters, diaries, etc. But it sometimes worked for me. I did like the encyclopedia entries, partly because I ADORE worldbuilding.
What didn't work:
The Duchess's journal entries. Now, I know I am not the target audience for this book: it's pretty middle...more